Perhaps a trilogy struggle will occur down the road, however proper now, UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski isn’t excited by one other quick rematch in opposition to former titleholder Max Holloway.
Twice Volkanovski (22-1 MMA, 9-Zero UFC) has competed in opposition to Holloway (21-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) – and twice he has received by resolution.
Regardless of UFC president Dana White lately voicing his consideration of one other rematch between the 2 fighters, Volkanovski doesn’t suppose a 3rd struggle vs. Holloway is sensible – no less than for the time being.
“It’s fairly clear once you win back-to-back, two wins in a row, to make a 3rd one, it doesn’t actually make sense – particularly proper now,” Volkanovski instructed Submission Radio in a current interview. “Once more, we all know that final struggle was shut however the judges gave me the choice and that’s that. Within the first struggle, despite the fact that it was aggressive, I fairly clearly received that struggle. To only give him one other rematch immediately and put the division on maintain, it simply doesn’t actually make sense.”
Whereas White tossed out the concept of Volkanovski vs. Holloway three being the following 145-pound title struggle, the UFC president had a hunch the champion wouldn’t have an interest. Volkanovski echoed the feelings White predicted, citing the logjam of contenders on the prime of the division.
“(White) was throwing it on the market however on the identical time, he was saying the precise factor I’m saying,” Volkanovski mentioned. “On this division, we’ve bought all these guys about to struggle. By the tip of the 12 months, we’re going to have a transparent No. 1 – and also you’re going to simply preserve giving Max rematches? … I received twice in back-to-back (fights). You already know what I imply? It simply doesn’t actually make sense proper now. Once more, it’s undoubtedly one thing that may be a giant struggle sooner or later, as nicely.”
UFC featherweight contenders “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung, Zabit Magomedsharipov, Brian Ortega, and Yair Rodriguez are all rumored to be competing within the coming months. Volkanovski is excited by preventing a recent face. New England’s Calvin Kattar additionally lately threw his title within the hat with a win over Dan Ige.
“For proper now, I’ve bought a division I need to maintain and I don’t need to carry on maintain,” Volkanovski mentioned. “You already know what I imply? I need No. 1 contenders. I need some recent blood in there. We’ll see who that’s.”